the good blade/bad blade/which blade debate is always a good one. There are quite a few really good blades available nowadays. And specific blades for just about any type of cut
you maybe considering. As with just about everything else we do in the shop, doing due diligence prior to making a purchase is time well spent. As mentioned earlier, you do get what you pay for. probably more so in the long run. Most blades will give you a decent cut in the short term, but just dont last very long. The ability to have your blades resharpened is a huge plus. Just make sure you take it to someone who knows what they are doing and does it well.
My primary go to blades are all thin kerf. When doing thicker stock or knarly figured stock, I will get out a TS2000 Ridge Carbide thick kerf. I do believe that the additional blade mass assists in creating a smoother cut in tougher woods. For dado's i've a freud box joint set that does a fantastic job leaving a dead flat bottom, couple of stacked dado sets that are fair to middlin and a 8" Craftsman dial a dado deal that actually does a fine job once you figure out how to dial the damn thing in *L*...
If having only one or two really good blades in your stable I'd say choose wisely. Save em for those passes where the quality of the cut really does matter. Take the time to change your blades out as needed. Spending a 100-150.00 for a blade and then running
3/4" contractor grade plywood into it...well,,,get out the phonebook...
I would also rec. the use of a blade stiffener when using thin kerf blades. Some like em, some don't, some think they make a difference, so don't...I think they do.. especially when used during shallow cuts..
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